OIC ‘still hopes’ for access to Kashmir

OIC ‘still hopes’ for access to Kashmir

Jeddah: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has asked government of India to allow rights bodies access to Jammu and Kashmir to verify the “reported human rights violations there”.
Emphasizing that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is one of the oldest unresolved international disputes pending on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council and of the OIC Summit and CFM meetings, the OIC in a statement issued from its Jeddah offices said that it still hopes that its Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir “is able to visit Kashmir for an objective and impartial judgment of the overall situation there”.
Reacting to the statement of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, regarding the resolution adopted on Jammu and Kashmir by the 44th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, in July 2017, a statement issued by the all-Muslim body said, “the OIC has always supported the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.”
The OIC said that it also “endeavoured to engage with India aimed at helping the peaceful resolution of the dispute”.
“Likewise,” the statement said, “OIC expects that the Indian government would permit a delegation of the Independence Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) to visit Kashmir to verify the reported human rights violations there.”
Rejecting the resolutions passed by the OIC relating to J&K, GoI had said on July 25 that the OIC “has no locus standi on India’s internal affairs”.
“India notes with utmost regret that the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), during its 44th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on July 10-11, 2017, has again adopted certain resolutions which contain factually incorrect and misleading references to matters internal to India, including the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India,” the Ministry of External Affairs had said in a statement.


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